Guidhall School of Music and Drama Summer School

Your summer holidays may already be booked, but what else do you have planned for the kids this year?  Music summer school places are already being snapped up, with parents taking advantage of early bird offers to secure a spot.  There’s a wide range out there, catering for varying levels of ability and affordability…

We may be barely into March, but many parents’ minds are already turning to the long summer holidays and what activities to plan for their children. For those that are musically minded, summer schools are increasingly popular for a variety of reasons.  As class sizes are considerably smaller, teachers can dedicate more time to every student. Summer courses are also a great way to connect with other musicians and like-minded people, and can be brilliant for improving skills such as technique and performance, and inspiring productive practising.

There’s so much variety

The summer schools on offer vary depending on what kind of music your child wants to play. There’s a lot of choice out there, so it’s worth thinking about what your child wants to get out of doing a course and what it might lead to next.

There are courses out there for varying ages and levels of ability, but generally they are for children of older primary/secondary school age and most last around a week.  Costs vary, depending on course length and whether it is residential. And they usually specify a minimum ability of Grade 4/5 upwards.

If you’re thinking of doing some research, below is a list of popular summer schools to get you started.  This is by no means a comprehensive list, merely a starting point to give you an idea of the sheer range of courses to consider! All will come with a cost but bursaries are available for some of them so it’s worth checking if you are interested.

General music schools  – an overview of styles and instruments

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Brass and Percussion Summer School 24th – 27th July


Music Makers logo

Music Makers
12th-16th August / 19th – 23rd August


Popular music

BIMM logo

BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music Institute)
22nd – 26th July 2019

Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

ICMP (Institute of Contemporary Music Performance) Songwriting
29th July – 2nd August 2019


Sound engineering, DJ and music production

Point Blank Music School

Point Blank Music School
27th & 28th July/ 10th & 11th August

CYM logo

CYMT Summer Music & Drama Course
12th – 16th Aug 2019

Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

ICMP (Institute of Contemporary Music Performance) Music Production
29th July – 2nd August 2019

Flute only


Windstruments – The Flute Kitchen
19th – 23rd August

Oxford Flute Summer School

Oxford Flute Summer school
18th – 23rd August

Saxophone only

Ingenium logo

Ingenium Academy
21st July – 11th August


Windstruments – Sax Summer School
18th – 22nd August

Other wind instruments


Windstruments – Clarinet Summer School
18th –  22nd August


Windstruments – Woodwind Café
21st – 23rd August

Piano only

Summer School for Pianists logo`

Piano Summer School
11th – 17th August

Chethams School of Music logo

Chetham’s International Piano Summer School
15th-21st August & 21st-27th August